Canadian Hearing Society Donate Now
  • Font size:
    A A A
  • Display mode:
Login Register
Donate Now
Search…

Helping clients realize their dreams

  • Share this page:
  • 0
  • 0
  •  0 Comments

When Melanie was growing up in a small town in Northern Ontario, her hearing loss didn’t really impact her life. After receiving her first pair of hearing aids in kindergarten, she continued to do what she enjoyed: camping, fishing and other activities. But when she went to college to pursue a career in nursing, she knew she would need some accessibility accommodations in order to ensure her success.

So she came to CHS. Working with her General Support Services (GSS) counsellor, Melanie found the equipment she needed to complete her program, including an FM system for her classes and an amplified stethoscope for her placements in the field.

With these supports in place, things were going great in school – until she came up against her biggest challenge yet. Just a few days away from starting her last placement before graduation, Melanie’s placement coordinator at school decided her hearing loss would interfere with her job duties and performance. She insisted Melanie have a hearing test. There was no way Melanie could schedule it in time. Melanie was devastated and felt she was being discriminated against because of her hearing loss. 

After Melanie explained the situation to her CHS counsellor, her counsellor advocated on her behalf, scheduling a formal meeting with the Dean of her program. Ultimately, Melanie won her case, completed her placement and went on to graduate. Today, Melanie is a registered practical nurse with a job she loves. 

“If it wasn’t for my CHS counsellor, I would’ve given up on my dream of being a nurse. I wouldn’t be the person I am today,” Melanie says. “She saved my career and changed my life.”

Consumer advocacy is just one of the many services GSS offers. They also provide supportive counselling, coping strategies, referral services and special assistance to help individuals overcome language and cultural barriers to everyday living situations.

  • Share this page:
  • 0
  • 0
  •  0 Comments
Back to Top